Seeking Serenity

After a week of tragedy in our nation, I’m feeling somewhat numb. This comes on the heels of the cancer diagnosis in my own family last week. Sometimes life can be overwhelming.

Yet amidst the chaos, I look out the kitchen window and see all the flowers in our garden that continue to bloom. Thankfully, they are unaffected by the day’s news.

The colorful zinnia at the top of today’s post is a reminder of the beauty that surrounds us. Each new day, as one flower wilts and drops its petals, another opens its face to the sun. And from that flower, comes life-giving nectar for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Amazing! Some would call this the circle of life. I see it as a reminder of God’s love for us.

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My favorite times of serenity are spent walking in the woods, sitting in the garden, or listening to the birds. It is a pleasant way to shut out the world, or at least hold it at arm’s length for a while.

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. – ‭‭John‬ ‭16:33‬

When you take time to seek it, you will always find peace in the stillness of God’s presence.

 

Buds and Blossoms

Our peonies are blooming! Oh, what a glorious sight! The only sad part about these beauties, is that they have little to no fragrance. But as one friend said, what they lack in fragrance, they certainly make up for in their stunning color.

These peonies reminded me how we sometimes expect things to be a certain way because of their outward appearance. When we purchased these bulbs years ago, we probably would have passed them by had we known this variety was missing the signature fragrance we have come to love. But if we passed them by, we would have missed these gigantic showy blooms greeting us in May. Now they are a showpiece in our garden, and I look forward to them every year.

I took a walk around the yard after church today, and just had to take a few more photos of some of the flowers in bloom. Our daughter planted foxglove under our mailbox and beneath the cherry tree. They are all in full bloom now, as are the yellow Knock Out roses. We weren’t sure they would survive their first winter, but they came back stronger than ever and are bursting with roses!

All these gorgeous flowers come as a reward for enduring the long, cold winter. I’m certain springtime blossoms are appreciated even more by those living in the snow belt states!

It’s hard to believe a week ago we were struggling to hit 50 degrees and even turned our heat back on at night. It’s currently 88 degrees today in Ashburn, VA, with increasing humidity. You would think after living here for over 20 years we would be accustomed to this leap into summertime temperatures each spring. But I’ll sure take this over the damp, rainy days of April!

Wherever you are, and whatever your weather may be, I hope you are enjoying a lovely spring day.

Have a blessed week ahead!